Shop Local, Columbus: The 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is kicking off.

This time of year can be so busy, especially once you factor in tracking down the perfect presents for the people who mean the most to you. This year, in particular, it’s so vital that we support our local businesses.

Columbus has an amazing variety of local shops offering unique and exciting items. If you want to step up your gift-giving-game, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start shopping, friends.

For the person who’s new to Columbus

Written by local author Sandra Gurvis with photographs by Mitch Geiser, this book would be great for a friend who is new to the city, or for your coffee table. There’s always something new to explore in our wonderful city, and 111 Places in Columbus That You Must Not Miss will give you a great place to start.
Available at Grammercy Books | $19.90

For the office gift exchange

Office gift exchanges can be tough. But if you’re looking for a people pleaser that will keep you under budget, check out this vintage-style map of Columbus. They’ll love it.
Available at On Paper | $12

For the new professional in your life

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Help your loved one make a big splash in the professional world with a stylish suit. There’s no better place in Columbus to suit up than Pursuit.
Available at Pursuit | Prices vary

For the pizza lovers in your life

CMH Gourmond, aka Jim Ellison, has been blogging about food in Columbus for a very long time. With that expertise, you can trust that you’re going to learn something you didn’t know about Columbus-style pizza in his firstever book, Columbus Pizza: A Slice of History.
Available at Arcadia Publishing | $21.99

For the teenager that’s hard to buy for

This pair of quartz drop earrings will impress even the toughest of teenage girls. After all, if a pair of hoops are good enough for Gretchen Weiners, then they’re good enough for the rest of us.
Available at Thread | $44

For the teenager who just wants to look cool and be comfortable

You really can’t go wrong with an Homage t-shirt and this one is especially spectacular. NBA Jam was totally my jam back in the day.
Available at Homage | $34

For the loud and proud OSU fan

We all have that one friend. You know, the one who wakes up yelling, “O-H”. If haven’t found the perfect Block-O quite yet, you’re in luck.
Available at Fortin Ironworks | $200

For that lady you love

Whether she’s your bestie or the love your life, she deserves something shiny this holiday season. This adorable necklace is customizable and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Available at Bohindi | $60

For the kids with imagination

I had a play kitchen back in the 90s, but it wasn’t this nice. This Maileg Retro Play Kitchen may be nicer than my actual kitchen. Think of how cute it will look in your kids playroom.
Available at Cub Shrub | $150

For the coffee lover

Just like the Jelly of the Month club, this is the gift that keeps on giving. If you’ve got a coffee lover in your life, grab them a rotating coffee subscription from Florin Coffee. They’ll get a variety of locally roasted and ethically sourced coffee and you’ll get the joy of knowing you brighten all of their mornings.
Available at Florin Coffee | Starting at $18

For the friend who loves to cook

I feel like the Market Box is an incredibly versatile gift. With wine and pantry staples, it has potential to please everyone, from your mother-in-law to your BFF.
Available at The Market Italian Village | $65

For all of the Elsas out there

If the cold never bothers them anyway, then they’ll probably appreciate an assorted collection of ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Every holiday is easier with ice cream and that’s a fact.
Available at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | $68

For the friend who loves to read


Cuyahoga, written by Northeast Ohio native Pete Beatty, is set in 1837 and tells a fableized tale of Big Son, a Johnny Appleseed-like character. The book has had fantastic reviews, including making both The Millions and Buzzfeed’s most-anticipated books lists. “A hilarious and moving exploration of family, home, and fate … you won’t read anything else like it this year.” —Buzzfeed, most anticipated
Available at The Book Loft | $25.65

For the loved one looking to decorate their home office

We’re all adjusting to working from home, so why not help your loved one bring more joy into their workspace? I’m always on the hunt for beautiful new angles of Columbus, and nobody captures the city quite like Phantom Photos.
Available at Phantom Photos | $30

For the whole fam

Wow the kiddos with a behind-the-scenes tour at the Columbus Zoo. You can meet sea lions, okapi, and even cheetahs! The whole family will enjoy getting up close and personal with the animals at the zoo and to see what life is like for the zoo staff as well as the animal residents. Face masks are required for all visitors at the zoo. (Photo taken prior to the coronavirus pandemic.)
Available at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium | Prices vary

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